Alfalfa County vs. Oklahoma
Comparative Trends Analysis:
Total Employment Growth and Change, 1969-2022
Introduction
Alfalfa County vs. Oklahoma
Alfalfa County:
2022 Jobs = 2,884
2022 Percent of State = 0.12%
Oklahoma:
2022 Jobs = 2,412,886
2022 Percent of U.S. = 1.14%
Employment numbers remain the most popular and frequently cited statistics used for tracking local area economic conditions and trends. The Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) employment estimates reported measure the number of full- and part-time wage and salary employees, plus the number of proprietors of unincorporated businesses. People holding more than one job are counted in the employment estimates for each job they hold. This means BEA employment estimates represent a job count, not a people count. Also, BEA employment is by place-of-work, rather than by place-of-residence. Jobs held by neighboring county residents who commute to Alfalfa County to work are included in the employment count for Alfalfa County.
Data Definition:
The BEA employment series for states and local areas comprises estimates of the number of jobs, full-time plus part-time, by place of work. Full-time and part-time jobs are counted at equal weight. Employees, sole proprietors, and active partners are included, but unpaid family workers and volunteers are not included. Proprietors employment consists of the number of sole proprietorships and the number of partners in partnerships. The description "by place of work" applies to the wage and salary portion of the series and, with relatively little error, to the entire series. The proprietors employment portion of the series, however, is more nearly by place of residence because, for nonfarm sole proprietorships, the estimates are based on IRS tax data that reflect the address from which the proprietor's individual tax return is filed, which is usually the proprietor's residence. The nonfarm partnership portion of the proprietors employment series reflects the tax-filing address of the partnership, which may be either the residence of one of the partners or the business address of the partnership. The employment estimates are designed to be consistent with the estimates of wages and salaries and proprietors' income that are part of the personal income series. The employment estimates are based on the same sets of source data as the corresponding earnings estimates and are prepared with parallel methodologies. Two forms of proprietors' income-the income of limited partnerships and the income of tax-exempt cooperatives-have no corresponding employment estimates.
Total Employment, 1969-2022
Total Employment, 1969-2022
Figure 1.
Figure 1 tracks Alfalfa County's annual total employment for the period 1969-2022 to illustrate total employment patterns over time. During this 54-year period, Alfalfa County's total employment dropped from 3,879 in 1969 to 2,884 in 2022, for a net loss of -995, or -25.65%.
Total Employment, 1969-2022
Total Employment, 1969-2022
Figure 2.
Figure 2 traces Oklahoma's annual total employment for the period 1969-2022 to illustrate total employment patterns over time. During this 54-year period, Oklahoma's total employment rose from 1,107,254 in 1969 to 2,412,886 in 2022, for a net gain of 1,305,632, or 117.92%.
Total Employment Indices (1969=100): 1969-2022
Total Employment Indices (1969=100): 1969-2022
Figure 3.
Figure 3 portrays Alfalfa County's total employment growth in a broader context by offering direct comparisons across time with Oklahoma, the United States. The growth indices shown here express each region's total employment in 1969 as a base figure of 100, and the total employments in later years as a percentage of the 1969 base figure. This method allows for more direct comparison of differences in total employment growth between regions that may differ vastly in size.
Alfalfa County's overall total employment growth was -25.65% over 1969-2022 trailed Oklahoma's increase of 117.92%, and fell below the United States' increase of 133.32%.
Total Employment as a Percent of the Oklahoma Total: 1969-2022
Total Employment as a Percent of the Oklahoma Total: 1969-2022
Figure 4.
Another interesting and insightful way of contrasting the total employment growth of Alfalfa County is to trace its individual percentage contributions to Oklahoma's statewide total employment over time, as shown in Figure 4. A rising share means a region's total employment grew faster, or declined less, than Oklahoma's total employment, while a declining share shows it grew more slowly.
In 1969, Alfalfa County's total employment totaled 0.35% of Oklahoma's total employment, while in 2022 it equated to 0.12% thereby yielding a -0.23% share-shift.
   
 
Total Employment Share-Shift
2022 vs. 1969
 
Share-
Shift*
 
2022
vs.
1969
-0.23%
=
0.12%
-
0.35%
 
   
Alfalfa County Total Employment:
Annual Percent Change, 1970-2022
Alfalfa County Total Employment:
Annual Percent Change, 1970-2022
Figure 5.
Figure 5 shows the short-run pattern of Alfalfa County's total employment growth by tracking the year-to-year percent change over 1970-2022. The average annual percent change for the entire 53-year period is also traced on this chart to provide a benchmark for gauging periods of relative high--and relative low--growth against the backdrop of the long-term average.
On average, Alfalfa County's total employment contracted at an annual rate of -0.52% over 1970-2022. The county posted its highest growth in 2012 (9.51%) and recorded its lowest growth in 2021 (-6.00%). In 2022, Alfalfa County's total employment grew by 4.04%
Alfalfa County Total Employment:
Annual Percent Change and Decade Averages Over 1970-2022
Alfalfa County Total Employment:
Annual Percent Change and Decade Averages Over 1970-2022
Figure 6.
Over the past five decades some counties have experienced extreme swings in growth, and often such swings have tended to coincide with the decades themselves. Figure 6 again traces the annual percent change in Alfalfa County's total employment since 1970, but this time they are displayed with average growth rates for the decade of the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000s, 2010s, and 2020-2022.
During the 1970s, Alfalfa County's annual total employment growth rate averaged -1.38%. It averaged -0.12% in the 1980s, -0.86% in the 1990s, -0.37% during the 2000s, 0.49% throughout the 2010s, -1.65% thus far this decade (2020-2022).
Total Employment Growth:
Average Annual Percent Change by Decade
Total Employment Growth:
Average Annual Percent Change by Decade
Figure 7.
Figure 7 compares the decade average growth rates for Alfalfa County noted in the previous graph with the corresponding decade averages for Oklahoma and the nation. As the chart reveals, Alfalfa County's average annual total employment growth posted below Oklahoma's average in the 1970s (-1.38% vs. 2.96%), posted below Oklahoma's average during the 1980s (-0.12% vs. 0.95%), lagged Oklahoma's average throughout the 1990s (-0.86% vs. 1.88%), fell below Oklahoma's average in the 2000s (-0.37% vs. 0.91%), posted below Oklahoma's average in the 2010s (0.49% vs. 0.79%), and amounted to less than Oklahoma's average over the 3 year period of the current decade, 2020-2022 (-1.65% vs. 1.49%).
Finally, relative to nationwide total employment growth trends, Alfalfa County trailed the nation in the 1970s (-1.38% vs. 2.21%), recorded underneath the nation during the 1980s (-0.12% vs. 1.88%), trailed the nation in the 1990s (-0.86% vs. 1.73%), recorded underneath the nation throughout the 2000s (-0.37% vs. 0.74%), recorded underneath the nation during the 2010s (0.49% vs. 1.51%), and fell under the nation over 2020-2022 (-1.65% vs. 1.82%).
   
 
Total Employment Growth:
Average Annual Percent Change
 
 
 
-0.52
-1.38
-0.12
-0.86
-0.37
0.49
-1.65
4.04
 
1.50
2.96
0.95
1.88
0.91
0.79
1.49
4.26
 
1.62
2.21
1.88
1.73
0.74
1.51
1.82
4.78
 
   
Job Ratios (Employment/Population): 1969-2022
Job Ratios (Employment/Population): 1969-2022
Figure 8.
The job ratios shown in Figure 8 for Alfalfa County, Oklahoma and the nation not only portray a number of important trends, they also serves as a thumbnail guide to evaluating an economy's capacity to generate enough jobs fast enough to absorb the increasing number of workers attendant to a growing population. The job ratio is the number of full-time and part-time jobs by place of work, divided by population.
Nationally, the job ratio rose from 0.45 to 0.64 between 1969 and 2022. Alfalfa County's job ratio registered 0.49 in 1969, and 0.51 in 2022. Underlying the rising job ratio over the past several decades have been the increases in the labor force participation rates, with the number and proportion of women in the labor market playing a leading role.
An assortment of other factors can contribute to regional differences in the job ratio. They include differences in the proportion of elderly and retirees who no longer work and participate in the labor force, differences in the number and proportion of part-time vs. full-time workers, differences in industry composition, and differences in age and sex distribution and degree of urbanization. Also, a disproportionate number of workers commuting to work outside a county tends to lower its local county job ratio, while a net inflow of workers commuting to work inside the county tends to augment its local county job ratio.
Avoid interpreting the job ratio as the fraction (or percent) of the local population employed. This interpretation should only apply to the "employment-population ratio" statistic compiled by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) from the Current Population Survey (CPS).
Job Ratios (Employment/Population)
as a Percent of the U.S. Average:
1969-2022
Job Ratios (Employment/Population)
as a Percent of the U.S. Average:
1969-2022
Figure 9.
To highlight trends in a local job ratio relative to nationwide trends, Figure 9 tracks Alfalfa County's, Oklahoma's job ratio as a percent of the national job ratio over 1969-2022.

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Alfalfa County:
Total Employment, 1969-2022
 
1969
 
3,879
100.0
N
0.35
0.49
108.17
1970
 
3,849
99.2
-0.77
0.34
0.53
119.09
1971
 
3,794
97.8
-1.43
0.34
0.53
118.90
1972
 
3,823
98.6
0.76
0.32
0.54
119.31
1973
 
3,822
98.5
-0.03
0.31
0.54
116.79
1974
 
3,829
98.7
0.18
0.30
0.55
116.21
1975
 
3,714
95.7
-3.00
0.29
0.52
112.77
1976
 
3,551
91.5
-4.39
0.27
0.49
105.08
1977
 
3,493
90.0
-1.63
0.26
0.48
101.08
1978
 
3,356
86.5
-3.92
0.23
0.46
92.91
1979
 
3,372
86.9
0.48
0.23
0.47
92.55
1980
 
3,405
87.8
0.98
0.22
0.48
95.46
1981
 
3,630
93.6
6.61
0.22
0.50
100.19
1982
 
3,677
94.8
1.29
0.22
0.50
101.10
1983
 
3,749
96.6
1.96
0.23
0.50
100.80
1984
 
3,651
94.1
-2.61
0.22
0.50
97.54
1985
 
3,535
91.1
-3.18
0.21
0.49
94.40
1986
 
3,439
88.7
-2.72
0.22
0.48
90.58
1987
 
3,557
91.7
3.43
0.22
0.51
95.32
1988
 
3,489
89.9
-1.91
0.22
0.53
96.23
1989
 
3,311
85.4
-5.10
0.20
0.50
91.27
1990
 
3,356
86.5
1.36
0.20
0.53
94.86
1991
 
3,340
86.1
-0.48
0.20
0.52
96.44
1992
 
3,262
84.1
-2.34
0.19
0.52
95.72
1993
 
3,317
85.5
1.69
0.19
0.53
97.07
1994
 
3,256
83.9
-1.84
0.19
0.52
94.44
1995
 
3,234
83.4
-0.68
0.18
0.52
92.78
1996
 
3,150
81.2
-2.60
0.17
0.50
89.30
1997
 
3,187
82.2
1.17
0.17
0.51
90.01
1998
 
3,133
80.8
-1.69
0.16
0.50
87.34
1999
 
3,034
78.2
-3.16
0.16
0.50
85.57
2000
 
3,079
79.4
1.48
0.15
0.51
86.41
2001
 
3,018
77.8
-1.98
0.15
0.51
87.58
2002
 
2,973
76.6
-1.49
0.15
0.50
87.88
2003
 
2,892
74.6
-2.72
0.15
0.50
86.78
2004
 
2,866
73.9
-0.90
0.14
0.50
85.92
2005
 
2,887
74.4
0.73
0.14
0.51
86.76
2006
 
2,852
73.5
-1.21
0.14
0.51
85.81
2007
 
2,909
75.0
2.00
0.14
0.52
86.87
2008
 
2,977
76.7
2.34
0.14
0.53
89.92
2009
 
2,920
75.3
-1.91
0.14
0.52
92.37
2010
 
2,961
76.3
1.40
0.14
0.53
94.16
2011
 
3,028
78.1
2.26
0.14
0.54
94.99
2012
 
3,316
85.5
9.51
0.15
0.59
102.81
2013
 
3,425
88.3
3.29
0.15
0.59
101.69
2014
 
3,544
91.4
3.47
0.16
0.61
104.46
2015
 
3,486
89.9
-1.64
0.15
0.59
99.74
2016
 
3,328
85.8
-4.53
0.15
0.56
94.21
2017
 
3,244
83.6
-2.52
0.14
0.55
91.41
2018
 
3,143
81.0
-3.11
0.14
0.55
89.83
2019
 
3,040
78.4
-3.28
0.13
0.54
87.95
2020
 
2,949
76.0
-2.99
0.13
0.52
87.70
2021
 
2,772
71.5
-6.00
0.12
0.49
79.91
2022
 
2,884
74.3
4.04
0.12
0.51
80.26
Source: Calculations by the Oklahoma Regional Economic Analysis Project (OK-REAP)
with data provided by the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis
November 2023
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Oklahoma:
Total Employment, 1969-2022
 
1969
 
1,107,254
100.0
N
1.22
0.44
96.56
1970
 
1,119,772
101.1
1.13
1.23
0.44
97.42
1971
 
1,132,251
102.3
1.11
1.24
0.43
97.67
1972
 
1,183,090
106.8
4.49
1.25
0.45
98.79
1973
 
1,220,988
110.3
3.20
1.24
0.45
97.31
1974
 
1,255,780
113.4
2.85
1.25
0.46
97.93
1975
 
1,268,539
114.6
1.02
1.28
0.46
99.70
1976
 
1,305,470
117.9
2.91
1.29
0.46
99.02
1977
 
1,359,195
122.8
4.12
1.29
0.47
99.22
1978
 
1,428,087
129.0
5.07
1.30
0.49
99.27
1979
 
1,481,253
133.8
3.72
1.31
0.50
98.98
1980
 
1,547,367
139.7
4.46
1.36
0.51
101.44
1981
 
1,625,130
146.8
5.03
1.41
0.52
104.81
1982
 
1,673,226
151.1
2.96
1.47
0.52
105.90
1983
 
1,637,587
147.9
-2.13
1.42
0.50
100.61
1984
 
1,665,397
150.4
1.70
1.38
0.51
99.18
1985
 
1,647,651
148.8
-1.07
1.33
0.50
96.80
1986
 
1,588,059
143.4
-3.62
1.26
0.49
92.88
1987
 
1,598,762
144.4
0.67
1.23
0.50
93.15
1988
 
1,608,236
145.2
0.59
1.20
0.51
92.96
1989
 
1,622,640
146.5
0.90
1.19
0.52
93.36
1990
 
1,654,743
149.4
1.98
1.20
0.53
94.83
1991
 
1,668,179
150.7
0.81
1.21
0.53
96.58
1992
 
1,680,022
151.7
0.71
1.22
0.52
96.85
1993
 
1,715,718
155.0
2.12
1.22
0.53
97.40
1994
 
1,748,232
157.9
1.90
1.21
0.53
97.23
1995
 
1,799,650
162.5
2.94
1.22
0.54
97.93
1996
 
1,849,559
167.0
2.77
1.22
0.55
98.75
1997
 
1,896,861
171.3
2.56
1.23
0.56
99.22
1998
 
1,938,705
175.1
2.21
1.22
0.57
99.10
1999
 
1,953,349
176.4
0.76
1.21
0.57
98.17
2000
 
1,994,373
180.1
2.10
1.21
0.58
98.51
2001
 
2,009,183
181.5
0.74
1.21
0.58
99.77
2002
 
1,987,636
179.5
-1.07
1.20
0.57
99.25
2003
 
1,971,410
178.0
-0.82
1.19
0.56
98.35
2004
 
1,998,176
180.5
1.36
1.18
0.57
98.30
2005
 
2,043,188
184.5
2.25
1.19
0.58
98.73
2006
 
2,096,099
189.3
2.59
1.19
0.58
98.95
2007
 
2,150,026
194.2
2.57
1.20
0.59
99.25
2008
 
2,186,721
197.5
1.71
1.22
0.60
101.13
2009
 
2,136,754
193.0
-2.29
1.23
0.57
101.55
2010
 
2,130,312
192.4
-0.30
1.23
0.57
101.39
2011
 
2,159,073
195.0
1.35
1.23
0.57
100.97
2012
 
2,211,969
199.8
2.45
1.24
0.58
101.82
2013
 
2,249,096
203.1
1.68
1.23
0.58
101.53
2014
 
2,273,648
205.3
1.09
1.22
0.59
100.67
2015
 
2,287,838
206.6
0.62
1.20
0.59
99.17
2016
 
2,287,131
206.6
-0.03
1.18
0.58
97.92
2017
 
2,291,944
207.0
0.21
1.17
0.58
97.23
2018
 
2,312,261
208.8
0.89
1.15
0.59
96.55
2019
 
2,310,371
208.7
-0.08
1.15
0.59
95.94
2020
 
2,266,945
204.7
-1.88
1.16
0.57
97.06
2021
 
2,314,387
209.0
2.09
1.14
0.58
94.96
2022
 
2,412,886
217.9
4.26
1.14
0.60
94.17
Source: Calculations by the Oklahoma Regional Economic Analysis Project (OK-REAP)
with data provided by the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis
November 2023
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United States:
Total Employment, 1969-2022
 
1969
 
91,053,200
100.0
N
0.45
1970
 
91,277,600
100.2
0.25
0.45
1971
 
91,581,400
100.6
0.33
0.44
1972
 
94,312,200
103.6
2.98
0.45
1973
 
98,427,500
108.1
4.36
0.47
1974
 
100,111,800
109.9
1.71
0.47
1975
 
98,900,600
108.6
-1.21
0.46
1976
 
101,591,200
111.6
2.72
0.47
1977
 
105,042,200
115.4
3.40
0.48
1978
 
109,686,600
120.5
4.42
0.49
1979
 
113,147,100
124.3
3.15
0.50
1980
 
113,983,200
125.2
0.74
0.50
1981
 
114,914,000
126.2
0.82
0.50
1982
 
114,163,300
125.4
-0.65
0.49
1983
 
115,645,700
127.0
1.30
0.49
1984
 
120,528,100
132.4
4.22
0.51
1985
 
123,796,700
136.0
2.71
0.52
1986
 
126,232,300
138.6
1.97
0.53
1987
 
129,548,400
142.3
2.63
0.53
1988
 
133,563,900
146.7
3.10
0.55
1989
 
136,177,800
149.6
1.96
0.55
1990
 
138,330,900
151.9
1.58
0.55
1991
 
137,612,800
151.1
-0.52
0.54
1992
 
138,166,100
151.7
0.40
0.54
1993
 
140,774,400
154.6
1.89
0.54
1994
 
144,196,600
158.4
2.43
0.55
1995
 
147,915,800
162.4
2.58
0.56
1996
 
151,056,200
165.9
2.12
0.56
1997
 
154,541,200
169.7
2.31
0.57
1998
 
158,481,200
174.1
2.55
0.57
1999
 
161,531,300
177.4
1.92
0.58
2000
 
165,370,800
181.6
2.38
0.59
2001
 
165,522,200
181.8
0.09
0.58
2002
 
165,095,100
181.3
-0.26
0.57
2003
 
165,921,500
182.2
0.50
0.57
2004
 
168,839,700
185.4
1.76
0.58
2005
 
172,338,400
189.3
2.07
0.58
2006
 
175,868,600
193.1
2.05
0.59
2007
 
179,543,700
197.2
2.09
0.60
2008
 
179,213,900
196.8
-0.18
0.59
2009
 
173,636,700
190.7
-3.11
0.57
2010
 
172,901,700
189.9
-0.42
0.56
2011
 
176,091,700
193.4
1.84
0.56
2012
 
178,979,700
196.6
1.64
0.57
2013
 
182,328,100
200.2
1.87
0.58
2014
 
186,239,800
204.5
2.15
0.58
2015
 
190,325,800
209.0
2.19
0.59
2016
 
193,425,900
212.4
1.63
0.60
2017
 
196,394,100
215.7
1.53
0.60
2018
 
200,292,200
220.0
1.98
0.61
2019
 
201,635,200
221.4
0.67
0.61
2020
 
195,286,600
214.5
-3.15
0.59
2021
 
202,752,100
222.7
3.82
0.61
2022
 
212,442,000
233.3
4.78
0.64
Source: Calculations by the Oklahoma Regional Economic Analysis Project (OK-REAP)
with data provided by the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis
November 2023
REAP_PI_CA1400_1000_PN
 
   
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